Are Goat studs profitable?

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I know a pretty well known Nigerian Dwarf breeder who used to keep a buck every year to let other people breed their does.
He kept a good buck, not necessarily a great buck. He also kept it in a different pen than his other goats. He didn't breed any of his does to the buck. And at the end of the season, he took the buck to the sale barn.
He didn't ask anyone if their goats were tested for anything and you were breeding yours at your own risk.
He indicated that he made pretty good money from it.
 

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Not usual for us, but we leased a Nigerian buck this year. This despite the fact that we own I think 8 of them. LOL
But, we know who is and where he is. We own his grandmother and got him specifically to breed to her (Zamia) and his aunt (Clarabelle). We also bred him to several others while we had him. We didn't pay any money to use him, we traded a young buckling from the same line for the service.
Since we don't own many Toggenburgs, we don't have a buck yet. We have always driveway bred them at the breeder that we got them from. We did one that way this year. The others we leased a pretty nice Alpine buck from someone we know. We bred 3 to him. We went and picked him up, kept him here for a few weeks, and then took him back home. Paid $30 per doe.
 

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I don't know any seasoned goat owners that don't own their own bucks.
I should rephrase...I was told..on another forum...that info...but.. I was told a lot of info on there..that...I’m coming to..not question...but just..realize that I can be open minded and perhaps make my own decisions when it comes to things like this..my buck was difficult..but, we rushed into it...
 

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Not usual for us, but we leased a Nigerian buck this year. This despite the fact that we own I think 8 of them. LOL
But, we know who is and where he is. We own his grandmother and got him specifically to breed to her (Zamia) and his aunt (Clarabelle). We also bred him to several others while we had him. We didn't pay any money to use him, we traded a young buckling from the same line for the service.
Since we don't own many Toggenburgs, we don't have a buck yet. We have always driveway bred them at the breeder that we got them from. We did one that way this year. The others we leased a pretty nice Alpine buck from someone we know. We bred 3 to him. We went and picked him up, kept him here for a few weeks, and then took him back home. Paid $30 per doe.
That’s a pretty good deal
 

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Now that the very experienced goat people have spoken I’ll come back lol. Business wise, it is business In stud”n bucks. I’ve seen it and it was an option to me. But enough to cover the cost of them or to be actually profitable. Not too sure about that. I think it’s more about what’s her situation that’s making not just straight breeding kids not an option. I brought a possibly pregnant doe that eventually had a kid that’s wasn’t much extra effort then the does I’ve had. I have a year to figure out my cattle situation and now it’s really coming to cost vs time. If she really want to have goats and not much time just get a pair and eat the cost of care. From what I’ve seen leasing out bucks was more of a supplement income and less feed then really a money maker
 

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I should rephrase...I was told..on another forum...that info...but.. I was told a lot of info on there..that...I’m coming to..not question...but just..realize that I can be open minded and perhaps make my own decisions when it comes to things like this..my buck was difficult..but, we rushed into it...
People do lease bucks. Many do. I just don't know of any serious breeder that would rely exclusively on using other peoples bucks.
 
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People do lease bucks. Many do. I just don't know of any serious breeders that rely on using other people bucks.
I think we need to focus on the OP situation. Having 2 bucks and only those 2 and not working on lines or creating a better buck isn’t “serious”. I’m sure there’s more regular goat owners then serious ones that need their does kept in milk or wanting kids without the expense or care of a buck
 

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I should rephrase...I was told..on another forum...that info...but.. I was told a lot of info on there..that...I’m coming to..not question...but just..realize that I can be open minded and perhaps make my own decisions when it comes to things like this..my buck was difficult..but, we rushed into it...
Of course you can make your own decision. This is a forum. The OP asked if any money could be made studding out a buck. There has been lots of answers, pro and con and maybe. It is a discussion, take what you want from it, or nothing at all. What works for you is what works for you. We are not all the same, and we don't have to be. This is not a bunch of children "if you don't do what I tell you to, we can't be friends anymore" like SOME forms! We are you friend. Period.
 

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I think we need to focus on the OP situation. Having 2 bucks and only those 2 and not working on lines or creating a better buck isn’t “serious”. I’m sure there’s more regular goat owners then serious ones that need their does kept in milk or wanting kids without the expense or care of a buck
I think I addressed that question as well.
 
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